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Being In Heaven – The Review

Posted by on Feb 5, 2011

Back in August I wrote a post introducing the latest motivational movie called Being In Heaven. I hadn’t bought it, but they had contacted me out of the blue offering me the opportunity to be on the front lines as an affiliate in helping to spread the word. Of course I jumped at the chance because one never knows if something like the success of The Secret will come around again, and I didn’t want to miss out. As I said, I hadn’t seen it, but I have now bought it, now watched it, and I’m ready to give it a review. And, as always, it’s not a paid review; my opinion only.

Basically, Being In Heaven is the metaphysical version of the movie My Dinner With Andre, only it’s not as weird, has a message, is a lot more interactive, and I didn’t fall asleep in the middle of it, though I did take a break at one point.

The premise is that there’s a guy whose life seems to have spiraled out of control, losing everything he had, which was a lot, and he leaves New York to go back to his native Australia to try to start again. He gets a freelance writing gig to write about an interview with a motivational guru who’s written a new book on something; he doesn’t quite know what.

They meet at a restaurant and almost immediately the guy, named Jason, notices that there are some odd things going on. He especially gets an eerie feeling when the owner of the restaurant makes a statement out of the blue about his life and it stuns him because he’s never met this man and hadn’t told anyone his name. He’s taken to this table where the man he’s supposed to meet, Michael Domeyko Rowland, greets him and the conversation begins.

Then, for the next 80 minutes or so, these two men talk, almost uninterrupted, with brief stops by the waitress, the woman in the picture you see above and to the left, the owner a couple of times, and one quick incident where something is happening at a table near them; no, I’m not telling you what it is. Most of the talking is done by Michael, and he’s actually telling us truths about things that happened in his life. Then again, he’s the writer, director, and creator of this project, and it’s his real life, so I guess that makes sense. Jason contributes by asking questions, first with skepticism, then with genuine interest in learning, and he starts to realize that everything he’s done in his life has fit a pattern that developed when he was a child, something that he thought he’d forgotten about yet, once he brings it to the fore, realizes that he’s constantly done the same things over and over, and that once again he’d found a way of doing something by reliving those same patterns.

So, here it is in a nutshell. This movie isn’t as flashy as The Secret,
and it’s not even as flashy as The Opus. My wife thought Jason was very good looking, and I guess women will find him pretty good eye candy. The message is pretty good, though. Rowland doesn’t mention laws of attraction per se, but everything he talks about kind of leads you into that direction. I think this is a good movie, and it would have made a great motivational tape. But my wife and I watched for an hour, then took a break to ingest some of what we’d heard for awhile and came back to it later on to watch the rest; that’s a rare event for a movie we’ve never seen before. And the ending we didn’t see coming either, and that’s all I’m saying about that.

If you’re looking for self discovery or motivation, you’ll like this movie. It won’t make you jump out of your chair at the end with great enthusiasm, but it will make you think and make you feel good, and I believe that’s worth it. Just so you know, if you wish to buy it you can click on the link above or the links to the left side there, and of course there’s the brief movie clip you can check out. Because you can only get it mail order from Australia, it costs a bit more than normal DVDs do. But in the end, both my wife and I think it’s worth it.

Oh, as to the bird and the ball… nope, you’ll have to watch for that as well. By the way, here’s more of a radio interview than a video of him talking about the release of the movie in Australia.

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11 Comments »

Patricia:

Hi Mitch

I have noticed that movie on your site and did wonder about it. Thanks for the review. I much prefer to have a review from someone I know.

Patricia Perth Australia

February 5th, 2011 | 9:41 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Thanks Pat. I’m actually surprised, with you in Australia, that you didn’t already know a lot about it. I understand they’ve premiered it there in major theaters and I know it made a lot of the Australian news.

February 5th, 2011 | 9:44 AM

This reminds me of the Celestine Prophesy books (different, but similar in premise). I may have to check it out as I’m always thinking and wanting to learn and grow (aren’t we all?). Great review and thanks for not spoiling anything. I hate it when people give everything away; makes watching the movie a bit of a let down.

February 5th, 2011 | 10:37 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Anne, I try never to give it away, although it’s been out at least 7 months or so which means many people, probably mostly in Australia, know all about it at this juncture. We did enjoy the movie, even if we had to watch in stages.

February 5th, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Hey Mitch,

Although I don’t like this kind of movies, I liked they idea of learning something about my life (I guess we all follow patterns through our entire life, but we don’t realize it).

I’ll have to search the net to see when will the premiere take place here.

February 6th, 2011 | 8:38 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

I don’t know if they’ll be premiering it anywhere else, Alex. I think it was Australia and one time in Los Angeles, and that’s it.

February 6th, 2011 | 9:01 AM

So, at least a DVD?

February 7th, 2011 | 5:16 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Alex, you can only get it right now through special order through them, or via the link I have there to the left or in this post.

February 7th, 2011 | 9:01 AM

I must admit that I have completely switch to Japanese movies, anime and book about a year ago. And actually my wife too., probably because of my son. At first it was difficult to find some that suits and can be understand by people from the West, even I have spend last 12 years in Asia. Most titles are working very well for my motivation.

February 7th, 2011 | 3:07 AM

Hi, Mitch. I have noticed this movie but was not able to get around to actually watching it. Now that you offered a good review of it, I am definitely going to watch it with the wife. I believe you when you said we will get something good out of this. Hopefully, we will find it in us to implement whatever we learn. 🙂

– Wes –

February 7th, 2011 | 3:23 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

I hope you enjoy it, Wes, and I also wish you well with it if you try to implement any of the ideas Rowland puts through.

February 7th, 2011 | 9:00 AM